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St. Augustine of Canterbury
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
St. Augustine of Canterbury
Pentecost Novena – Day 6
“Paul knelt down with them all and prayed. They began to weep without restraint, throwing their arms around him and kissing him, for they were deeply distressed to hear that they would never see his face again.” —Acts 20:36-38
When St. Paul knew that he was seeing the leaders of the church of Ephesus for the last time, he had no regrets, for he “never shrunk from announcing to [them] God’s design in its entirety” (Acts 20:27).
Imagine the occasion when you will see your children, spouse, or brothers and sisters in Christ for the last time. Will you have any regrets? Will you be ready to meet the Lord? Will your marriage be a magnificent sign of Christ’s love for the Church? Will your children be faith-filled Catholic Christians? Will you have impacted our culture with the Gospel? Will you have fully completed God’s mission for you on this earth?
Many of us have so much unfinished business that our lives seem hopeless. In this case, the last time we see our loved ones will be tragic unless the Lord does many miracles. This is exactly what He will do by giving us the Holy Spirit in a new Pentecost.
If we look ahead to the end of our brief time on earth, we may thirst for the Holy Spirit (see Jn 7:37ff) and desire the fullness of the Holy Spirit more than we desire anything else, even our pleasures. Then we will be getting close to throwing open the doors of our lives to the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Father, on this sixth day of the Pentecost novena, may I realize that I am doomed without new life in the Spirit.
Promise: “Consecrate them by means of truth — ‘Your word is truth.’ ” —Jn 17:17
Praise: Pope St. Gregory the Great sent missionary monks to England at the end of the Sixth Century. St. Augustine was appointed as their superior and became the first Archbishop of Canterbury.
Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop
Statue at Mission of Saint Augustine to the English
First Archbishop of Canterbury, Apostle of the English. Early in life he become a monk in the famous monastery of St. Andrew erected by St. Gregory out of his own patrimony on the Cælian Hill. It was thus amid the religious intimacies of the Benedictine Rule and in the bracing atmosphere of a recent foundation that the character of the future missionary was formed. Chance is said to have furnished the opportunity for the enterprise which was destined to link his name for all time with that of his friend and patron, St. Gregory, as the “true beginner” of one of the most important Churches in Christendom and the medium by which the authority of the Roman See was established over men of the English-speaking race.
Some five years after his elevation to the Roman See (590) Gregory began to look about him for ways and means to carry out the dream of his earlier days. He naturally turned to the community he had ruled more than a decade of years before in the monastery on the Cælian Hill. Out of these he selected a company of about forty and designated Augustine, at that time Prior of St. Andrew’s, to be their representative and spokesman. The appointment, as will appear later on, seems to have been of a somewhat indeterminate character; but from this time forward until his death in 604 it is to Augustine as “strengthened by the confirmation of the blessed Father Gregory (roboratus confirmatione beati patris Gregorii, Bede, H. E., I, xxv) that English, as distinguished from British, Christianity owes its primary inspiration.
He died May 26, 604.
(Principal source – Catholic Encyclopedia – 1913 edition)
O God, who by the preaching
of the Bishop Saint Augustine of Canterbury
led the English peoples to the Gospel,
grant, we pray, that the fruits of his labors
may remain ever abundant in your Church.
Though our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.
First Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:2-8
Though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the face of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from error or uncleanness, nor is it made with guile; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never used either words of flattery, as you know, or a cloak for greed, as God is witness; nor did we seek glory from men, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:35-38
Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
St Augustine of Canterbury: a ‘Celtic’ Perspective
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY CONFESSOR, APOSTLE OF THE ENGLISH 605 [Feast: May 27/28]
St.Augustine of Canterbury
Information: St. Augustine of Canterbury
Feast Day: May 27
Born: early 6th century, Rome, Italy
Died: 26 May 604, Canterbury, Kent, England
Patron of: England